DR. HARRY GRAMMER
Founder & President
Harry founded New Earth in 2004 and has been helping to reform the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles County ever since. He earned his Ph.D. in Community, Liberation, & Eco-Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and is now the Board Chair of its Alumni Association. In 2017, Harry was honored as a CNN Hero, and in 2018 he was selected as one of 20 inaugural Obama Foundation Fellows from over 20,000 applicants in 191 countries. He brings his leadership and lived experience, with a background in teaching arts and advocacy to systems-impacted youth, to his continuing work as a nationwide activist and educator.
YANA SIMONE GRAMMER
Co-Founder & Executive Vice President
Yana co-founded New Earth with Harry in 2004 and has played a key role in growing our organization from a vision to the impactful non-profit that we are today, having served more than 20,000 young people in Los Angeles County. Prior to New Earth, Yana developed her business acumen in the consumer product and personal growth industries – managing and scaling organizations; building, leading, and training teams; and being involved in all areas of business development from marketing to sales to administration. She is a Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) Fellow.
Director of Clinical Programs
Marni joined New Earth in 2016 and is the Director of Clinical Programs at the New Earth Arts & Leadership Center. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies at The University of Maryland/College Park and her Master’s at The University of Illinois’ Jane Addams School of Social Work. Marni’s career has focused on trauma-impacted youth, including in her previous roles as a Therapist with Anxiety Therapy LA and Interface Children & Family Services, and as a Mental Health Specialist at Covenant House.
Director of Enrichment Programs
Marjan joined New Earth in 2018 and is the Director of Enrichment Programs at New Earth. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of California/Los Angeles in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Policy from The University of Southern California. Marjan has 8 years’ experience in program evaluation and research as well as in providing program management and direct services in the fields of juvenile justice and reentry in LA County. She oversees the facilitation of arts programming to our members, youth incarcerated across LA County, and students in LA’s Unified School District.
Director of Vocational Programs
Jessica joined New Earth in 2013 and is the Director of Vocational Programs at the New Earth Arts & Leadership Center. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Film & Electronic Studies from California State University/Long Beach and earned her Master’s in Grant Writing, Management & Evaluation from Concordia University of Chicago. Jessica excels at developing and managing programs and projects from their inception and she works to ensure that every youth in our vocational programs finds their voice and grows while with us.
Da’John joined New Earth in 2016 and is the Site Director at the New Earth Arts & Leadership Center. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Management & Planning and a Master’s in Social Work, both from The University of Southern California. As Site Director, Da’John plays a key role in overseeing the implementation of our daily operations and he is responsible for the management, supervision, and administration of all of our on-site post-release academic and leadership programs.
Executive Assistant to Yana Simone Grammer
Katie joined New Earth in 2019, after three summers’ previous internship experience with us, and is now the Executive Assistant to Yana, our EVP. She graduated with Honors in 2019 from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Minor in Public Policy. Her self-designed curriculum concentrated on Global Development in Education and Criminal Justice Reform. Katie was a member of the UC Women’s Chorale, Cal Women’s Rugby, the Sage Mentorship Project, and served as the Campaign Manager for a Richmond City Council candidate.